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WC 4-H volunteer recognized

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By Roberta Hunt

Washington County 4-H volunteer, Tana Wells, was recognized by KY 4-H as one of the top five 4-H horse club leaders in the state at the KY 4-H Volunteer Forum Awards Banquet held Friday night at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington.  

The awards night was a part of the three-day forum held every other year for volunteers across the state. The forum theme was “Celebrating 4-H with the Stories We Tell” and the forum included workshops, 4-H program exhibits, commercial exhibits and recognition events the volunteers attended.  

Also attending from Washington County were teen club officers Hannah Eagle and Gwen Campbell and 4-H volunteers Krista Thompson and Laura Holderman. Teaching workshops at the forum were Master Clothing Volunteers, Marion Mulligan and Rita Yates and Washington Co. Extension Agent for Horticulture, Dennis Morgeson.

In recognition of Wells’ award, included are some details about her volunteership. Wells has been a 14-year volunteer for Washington County 4-H, working with several hundred youth on the county and district level over the years. Wells has been responsible for being a coach for the quiz bowl and hippology teams.  

In 2007, the senior quiz bowl team was reserve champion and then, in 2008, was state champion. They progressed to the Southern Regional Competition where they placed third.

She has also coached members in preparing speeches and demonstrations for state competition as well as the Southern Regional competitions.

Each year, she helps instruct at the District 5 4-H Horse Camp and announces at the District 5 4-H Horse Show.

It’s Wells’ firm belief that youth should have a voice and help in the planning of events and activities. Community service is very important to the club, and club members and parents have planned — with Wells’ help — several events over the years, including Toys for Tots Trail Ride each fall. On Oct. 12, 2013, Kentucky 4-H Day of Service, the club held their 5 Toys for Tots Trail Ride.

Anyone wishing to volunteer as a support leader, 4-H project leader or for 4-H Camp may contact the Washington County Extension Office at 336-7741.  Adults must go through a background check process and be accepted through the Washington Co. Cooperative Extension Clientele Protection Committee.

This is the final week for 4-H members to register for the 4-H Cake Decorating workshop that will begin on Tuesday Feb. 11 and continue on Feb. 17. There is a cost for the workshop and members will go home with cake decorating supplies, a decorated cake and have a chance at a special door prize.

Club meetings next week include 4-H Sharpshooters on Monday, Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m. at the extension office, the 4-H Hooves and Horns on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m. and Washington County Elementary Afterschool 4-H on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.